World Mission Sunday invitation from Archbishop José H. Gomez
Each October, our Archdiocesan celebration of World Mission Sunday allows us an opportunity to focus our parish communities on the heart of our Christian faith – to lead them to mission. As Pope Francis explains in his message for this year’s celebration:
Once again this year, World Mission Day gathers us around the person of Jesus, “the very first and greatest evangelizer” (Paul VI, Evangelii Nuntiandi, 7), who continually sends us forth to proclaim the Gospel of the love of God the Father in the power of the Holy Spirit.
This year the Catholic Church all across the globe will celebrate World Mission Sunday on the weekend of October 21-22. This is the one time in the year when we come together globally to provide for the building up of over one thousand local churches in Asia and Africa, the Pacific Islands, and parts of Latin America and Europe – an area covering more than half the globe. Through the work of tireless missionary priests, religious and lay leaders and their witness to Christ, our brothers and sisters receive practical help and experience God’s love and mercy.
It is my hope that you will actively participate in World Mission Sunday and take this opportunity to reach out into the world and share the Good News of the Gospel. It is so very important that we encourage ourselves and others to see beyond the borders of their parish, their cities, even their country and recognize and reach out to their brothers and sisters all across the globe. United by Christ, this is our call.
Thank you again for your support and I pray that God’s blessings, through the intercession of Our Lady of the Angels, be upon you and your parish family.
Most Reverend José H. Gomez
Archbishop of Los Angeles